What is it?
I|E Series is a collective of events in Hampton Roads celebrating, showcasing, educating, and inspiring innovators and entrepreneurs. The first event is dubbed I|E Series on Granby, as the Granby Street corridor boasts a significant density of entrepreneurial activity.
The ethos of the I|E Series is “Tell me something I don’t know”—we provide a platform through which audiences will leave with fresh ideas and action-oriented content.
Videos from Inaugural Event (April 5, 2019)
Why are we doing this?
The I|E Series promotes collisions between entrepreneurs, talent, ideas, and resources. We are a collective of community leaders who believe in convening disparate elements of the ecosystem by creating density and intersections where such collisions can happen. Hampton Roads has many assets and resources available to startup founders, and we want to make sure everyone who ought to know about them knows about them.
Ultimately, our goal is to build awareness of the growing momentum throughout the regional entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Where is it?
On Granby Street corridor in Downtown Norfolk. We’re taking advantage the natural density of businesses, resource centers, and entrepreneurship in the downtown and NEON district. As with any new venture, the key is to start small and iterate—crawl, walk, run. Our intention is to start on Granby with the first iteration and expand programming beyond Norfolk to other entrepreneurial centers throughout the Hampton Roads region.
When is it?
We’re doing this by leveraging our collective strengths, audience, and resources to organize and cross-promote events under a common brand: I|E Series.
Look for the logo below to identify other events that are a part of I|E Series on Granby.
Past Schedule of Events:
April 5, 2019
“Reach Customers Online with Google”
Presented by: Randi Penfil, Google-supported Trainer
Venue: Granby Theater
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Break Out Sessions
Venue: TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
“Selling Your Vision”
A panel about branding, selling , and storytelling
—Mike Ives, VP Business Development at Hampton Roads Communication Technologies
—Elizabeth Duncan-Hawker, President of Red Hawk Strategic Solutions
—Martin Joseph, Founder & CEO of 360IT Partners
—Chad Stenzel, CEO of Sandler Training Tidewater-Hampton Roads
“Effective & Affordable Digital Marketing”
A panel of digital marketing
Presented by: Retail Alliance
Moderated by: Erik Olson, Founder & CEO of Array Digital
—Max Greenhood, Founder & President of RocketBike Digital Agency
—Lauren Smith, Marketing Coordinator at One Hour Heating & Cooling
—Lauren Shoff, Director of Digital & Social Media at Otto Design + Marketing
—William Warford, Digital Sales Director at VistaGraphics, Inc.
—Occasio Gee, Marketing Manager at Liberty Tax
“Entrepreneurship in the Arts: Keys to Success”
A panel of successful artist entrepreneurs
—Asa Jackson, visual artist
—Roosevelt Harrell, III aka “Bink”,
Grammy winninghip hop producer
—Jimmy Olivero, Owner & Chief Pilot at Lyfted Media
—Paul Lasakow, Executive Director of TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
4:30pm – 5:30pm
“Scaling Up: Ideation to Growth”
Venue: Roper Theater
A panel of experts in starting, funding, and scaling ventures
—Marty Kaszubowski, Executive Director for Innovation Initiatives at ODU Institute for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
—Evans McMillion, Executive Director of 757 Accelerate
—Monique Adams, Executive Director of 757 Angels
—Bob Smith, Director of SBDC’s Innovation Commercialization Assistance Program (ICAP)
—Scott Tolleson, Managing Director of New River Ventures (NRV)
5:30pm – 8:00pm
First Fridays, Presented by Downtown Norfolk Council
Venue: 300 Block of Granby Street